StateWide Assistive Technology, Augmentative and Alternative Communication
The Colorado Department of Education’s school-based SWAAAC teams provide multidisciplinary Assistive Technology services to enable students with disabilities equal access to the curriculum and full participation in their education and classroom. There are over 60 participating school districts and 500 SWAAAC team members across the state of Colorado.
SWAAAC EduCamp 2015: An Interactive UnConference
Join us on Friday, December 4th for the SWAAAC EduCamp, where you are the master of your own conference. Topics are decided by the SWAAACers and for the SWAAACers! Current suggested topics include but are not limited to: switch accessibility with iOS, literacy learning for students with complex communication needs, mobile device management, assistive technology to support writing, collaborative implementations of AT, and assistive technology evaluations. Register Today!
Could you use a social script to support our students with ASD in advance of trick or treating? Check out this free resource from abilitypath.org
Alexandria Loan Bank
SWAAAC is excited to announce the launch of the new Alexandria Loan Bank. Anyone is able to view the catalog and browse the hundreds of devices available through the SWAAAC Loan Bank. Find out more information on how to use the Alexandria Loan Bank here. To borrow a device from the Loan Bank, contact your district's Team Coordinator.
More great resources from the 2015 SWAAAC Summer Symposium
The recent SWAAAC Summer Symposium (June 8th & 9th) featured over 20 sessions on a wide variety of topics. Feedback from our participants would suggest an extremely successful event thanks to the many presenters, exhibitors and volunteers. If you weren’t able to join us, check out a few of the hand-outs from trainers Chris Bugaj: Peeling Back the Layers of UDL (More Than One Way to Skin a Cat) and Diana Petschauer: Chrome as AT, Apps Across the Curriculum.
Check out these great resource materials from, Instructional Strategies for Implementing AT and AAC, presented by Tara Mason, PhD, TVI and Eileen Neilands, MA, CCC-SLP
The St. Vrain Valley School District has instituted an effective instructional sequence for implementing AT and AAC using research based AT practices and widely adopted standards of best practice such as the SETT Framework. During this session, participants learned the instructional cycle, evaluated methods for differentiation, and completed one case study.
Instructional Sequence Powerpoint
Assistive Technology Horizontal and Vertical Planning Template
Instructional Plan and Implementation Example
iPad Implementation Plan
Important Dates to Remember
Monthly Web Conference
When: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Statewide, Online via Google Hangouts
How to Join a Zoom Meeting
SWAAAC Fall Training: EduCamp
When: Friday, December 4, 2015
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Anschutz Medical Campus
SWAAAC 101: AT & the Law, AT & the IEP, AT Assessment, AT & Transition
On-demand via online Moodle trainings